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Killer Storm Rages Through Western Europe

Where: Paris, FranceMarch 1, 2010 : A violent storm originating in the Atlantic Ocean crashed into the western coasts of France, Portugal and Spain on February 28, 2010. The storm, named Xynthia, left more than 50 people dead and thousands homeless along France's Atlantic coast. The storm killed people in Germany, Spain and Portugal, but France had...

Swine flu flies to all corners of the earth

Where: Worldwide!April 30, 2009 : Swine Flu has claimed the life of its first victim in the United States of America, a small child who lives near the Mexican border. With this, it appears that the world is on the brink of a virus attack, the Swine Flu.It all started in Mexico, in South America, where people started...

Climate Change: Some Chilling Facts

Where London: United KingdomFebruary 5, 2009 : All of Europe and much of North America experienced very chilly weather and battled snow and ice through most of January. Snowfall of unexpected proportions hit Madrid, Spain, and severe storms blew across France, U.K., Germany, and Northern Italy.Since February 2, 2009 the U.K. has seen unusual amounts of snowfall. By...

Somdev Devvarman : India’s New Tennis Star

Where: Chennai, IndiaJanuary 11, 2009 : At the 2009 Chennai Open tennis meet, the first ATP* tournament of the season, India's Somdev Devvarman established himself as the country's top singles tennis player. He reached the finals of the tournament, beating two-time Chennai Open former champion and world number 42, Spain's Carlos Moya, and world number 25 Ivo...

Potatoes get you in the pink of health

Where: SpainJune 25, 2007: Word's just in: potatoes are good for you. But, you may still have to hold off on those fries you've been eyeing. Turns out, potatoes are best eaten in a cold salad, and not drowned in oil.A team of Spanish researchers say that eating potatoes could have a beneficial effect on the body's...

How Wool Came Into Existence

How Wool Came Into Existence
It must have been a very intelligent human who looked at a sheep walking past and thought of the use its fleece might have!Although the oldest surviving textile made out of wool is around 3,500 years old, the oldest fine woolen fabric dates to the fifth century BC (about 2,500 years ago) and was found in an ancient Greek...

Pablo the Pigeon Painter

Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano Santisma Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. Phew! A mouthful, but a name reckoned to be among the greatest artists of the 20th century. His paintings are worth millions and millions have seen and admired his work. A handful is fortunate to own some of his paintings. He's...

Chimp Traits

A contemplative bonobo?
Do you think chimps are chumps? If the answer is yes, then you are in for a surprise - because chimps or chimpanzees are actually very, very intelligent. Chimpanzees are the most intelligent of the ape family. It was known that chimpanzees use tools intelligently to obtain food. They use rocks to crack open nuts or use sticks to...

The World’s Hottest Chili

Do you like your chilies hot? For the spiciest, tongue-burning experience yet, head for Assam - that's where the hottest chilies are grown.For years, Mexico's 'Red Savina Habanero' was believed to be the hottest chili in the world. But now a chili grown in Tezpur, Assam, in northeastern India, is being touted as the hottest chili ever. And coming from a state,...

The Bittersweet Story of Chocolate

Many, many centuries ago, sometime around 400 BC, in the jungles of South and Central America, the Cacao plant was discovered which in the ages to come would become the most desired foodstuff in the whole world.The plant was found to have hard pods with each pod containing brown beans that later became the main ingredient in the making of...

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